Guangzhou R&F has just announced via Sina Weibo that Sven-Goran Eriksson will take over as manager effective immediately and his contract will run through December 2014 and is worth around $3.05 million a year.
With Eriksson having resigned his position as technical director of Al-Nasr on Sunday, the rumors started building. Yesterday, we reported that Sven was rumored to be named manager of the Cantonese side, but the club was denying these reports at the time.
He will be taking over a club that is struggling so far this year, currently sitting in 13th place, after finishing only three points shy of an Asian Champions League position last season. There was open dissension in the locker room under former manager Sergio Farias that spilled onto social media sites or into the press more than once.
Sven already knows one of R&F’s players well, Nigerian striker and the team’s leading scorer so far this season, Yakubu, played under the Swede at Leicester City in 2011 and their relationship is said to be a positive one.
The Swede’s arrival will certainly serve as a draw at R&F, a club in need of attention. However, it won’t pull them out of the shadows of their neighbor, Guangzhou’s other side, Guangzhou Evergrande, currently sitting in first place and managed by Italian Marcello Lippi, also a Serie A winner. The two clubs (and managers) will go head-to-head on August 25th, in a match that is sure to draw a lot of media attention.